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Yoga, Drums and Sound Healing

Can you recall your first favorite song? The way it made you feel? Did you express your love of the song through song or dance? Music, whether you’re listening to classical, pop, electronic, or country, is a way for the soul to express itself. It provides us a forum to communicate, to come together, to form a union.

The practice of yoga is quite similar when we think of the characteristic effects. Yoga, translated from Sanskrit, is defined as union and the communal feel is magnetic when you step into a studio like Indie Yoga. You step onto your mat and into an hour of self-expression, embodying each pose as your own allowing your mind, body, and soul to awaken.

On Friday, October 7th, Indie Yoga joins together again for an enchanting fusion of yoga, drums, and sound healing. This synchronistic event brings us the glorious Jill Hybertsen leading practice, with Drew Koltun on Djembe drums and John Beck serenading us with crystal bowls. The blend of these three individuals integrating their talents allows us a powerful and inspiring opportunity as a tribe to come together and heal.

Drew comes to Indie Yoga with years of drumming experience to enhance and deepen the asana practice with Djembe drums. Traditionally used in West African culture, Djembe drums are an instrument of dance, ritual, and ceremony making their appearance at this workshop impeccable. With a strong intuition and awareness of the class, Drew curates his drumming to the rhythm and expression within students and translates their flow into song. The divination of perfectly catered music to movement allows for an intimate moment fed by the energy of the room.

The medley of drums, yoga and sound healing provide a remarkable healing and expressive outlet for students to experience. The combination of the yoga postures, breath, and the booming frequencies of the drums balance each other while enhancing the healing sounds and vibrations of the crystal bowls. Each bowl is connected to the seven chakras, or energy centers, in our body and when played can help to balance and open a clogged energy center.

Our seven chakras are all connected and maintain a balance in our body, each serving a different function and allowing energy to flow through. Blocked energy in our chakra system can often lead to mental or physical illness, so it’s important to understand our chakras and keep them flowing freely through practices such as asana and sound bathing.

The seven chakras are as follows:

1. Root Chakra

Located in the spine, the root energy center or “chakra” is associated with feelings of safety, family, and being grounded and connected to tribe or community.

2. Sacral Chakra

Located in the lower abdomen, the sacral energy center or “second chakra” governs sexuality and creativity.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra

Located in the upper abdomen, the solar plexus, our third energy center is associated with our power and confidence.

4. Heart Chakra

Located in the center of the chest, just above the heart, the heart chakra is our fourth energy center and is associated with the ability to give and receive love.

5. Throat Chakra

Located in the throat, the fifth chakra is our throat chakra and is all about expression and speaking our truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra

Located on the forehead between the eyes, our third eye is associated with our intuition and clarity.

7. Crown Chakra

Located at the very top of the head, the seventh chakra, is our connection to all that is and our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

The synthesis of drums and Jill’s teaching brings together an essence of our souls, extracting deep from within the universe the interconnectedness we all have to each other through music and movement. Paired with the cleansing and healing powers of John Beck’s crystal bowls, this workshop is set out to be a night embedded in our consciousness. A night to heal, to connect, and to grow.